Bambu Hotel is a peaceful, thoughtfully designed, 16 room boutique hotel in quiet Battambang, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of town or an even shorter tuk tuk ride.
Bambu’s British owner, Pat, strives to make your stay enjoyable. He provides a wealth of information and recommendations on things to do in and around the town.
Most of the rooms are in traditionally inspired wooden villas at the rear of the property. Exposed roof beams, rustic art deco tiling and wooden shutters complete the look. I loved the king or queen sized beds which are high enough to climb into and the showerheads which are bigger than me (with excellent water pressure). All rooms have a balcony or terrace to chill out and relax. Careful landscaping ensures the ground floor terraces are private. The environmentalist in me appreciated the solar panels used to provide most of the power for the hotel.
There is a restaurant (dinner was enjoyable) and bar onsite with a popular pre-dinner happy hour. I can recommend the passion fruit mojito! Especially while lazing around the salt water swimming pool. Straw hats are provided on the sun loungers for those who forgot to pack their own (environmentally friendly and sun smart).
Bambu connects with the community by supporting an English programme at a local village school, which guests can choose to visit.
From US70+ per night inclusive breakfast
– In the absence of a true tourist information office, we appreciated the information pack about Battambang. We’re inspired to return!
– The wifi was also very good, with much better than average connection speeds.
– The buffet breakfast had a good selection of cereals, fruit and cooked options but was prepared early and therefore not fresh at 9am. On our second morning, an a la cart menu was provided which was better.
Review by Simone